10 Places that STAY OPEN on Chinese New Year!

by Nur Aziemah Feb 01, 2016

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This Chinese New Year (CNY), it looks like it's going to be a fabulously looong weekend. As per every Chinese New Year, we, the non-Chinese common folk will find that all malls turn to ghost towns and almost everywhere is closed. The roads will be quiet and our normal lepak places become so gloomy that the moment we reach it, we wish we hadn't left home in the first place. As a public service reminder, please stock up your kitchens before CNY eve when there are still food on the supermarket shelves for you to purchase. But in case you didn't reach the supermarkets in time, here's a list to save you from going hungry this weekend.


1. GREAThai at East Village Mall


Thai Food at GREAThai

With it's exceptional range of Thai cuisine, GREAThai is a great place to feast with family. For our recommendations on what to eat, you can check out our various faves on our Instagram account - @halalfoodhunt.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | 11.30am to 10.30pm
Location: 430 Upper Changi Road, East Village, #01-06 Singapore 487048


2. Katong Kitchen at Katong Village

Recently discovered, this halal buffet gave us quite a pleasant surprise. Following a Peranakan theme, this compact buffet is reminiscent of Asian Market Cafe and has great food to offer. The menu on its buffet line changes everyday with the exception of a few signature favourites so there will always be something new to entice your tastebuds.


Straits Signature Kerabu Yusheng @ Katong Kitchen

We love the CNY buffet selection that we tasted! That's available from the 1st to 22nd February, so I personally recommend you bring your parents out here for a well deserved treat! Likewise if you celebrate the occasion with your colleagues, they serve a scrumptious Straits Signature Kerabu Yusheng - Nyonya style. For further recommendations on what to eat, you can also check out our review for more details.


Opening Hours:
Lunch | Monday to Friday & Eve of CNY - 12noon to 2.30pm & Weekends & Public Holidays - 12 noon to 4pm
Dinner | Everyday - 6.30pm to 10pm
Location: 25 Marine Parade, Village Hotel Katong, Singapore 449536


3. Fineline Bistro @ East Village Mall

For a fusion of East and West cuisine, Fineline Bistro is also open for CNY. This Western grill is located at East Village. We also looove that they have a cute musollah there if you need to do your prayers. 

An extra, extra bonus, a little birdy told me that they are offering 10% off on your order if it's your birthday month*. So take advantage of this long weekend and go have an early or belated celebration. Simply present your ID for verification purposes and you're all set.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | 11am to 10pm
Location: East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road #01-10, Singapore 487048
*Terms and conditions apply.


4. Siam Kitchen, Everywhere!


Green Curry & Fish Cakes @ Siam Kitchen

Another Thai option that will still resume business as usual is Siam Kitchen. You get to take your pick of the four outlets across the island. They are also running a couple of promos on their Facebook page so if you're heading there, you might want to check out some of the deals on offer. If you need some recommendations on what to eat, check out our article here.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | 11.30am to 10pm
Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall | #02-25, 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, Singapore 689812
Nex | #B1-76/77,  23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Eastpoint | #02-05,  3 Simei Street 6, Singapore 528833
Bukit Panjang Plaza | #02-18, 1 Jelebu Road, Singapore 677743


5. The Ramen Stall @ 787 North Bridge Road

We've been going crazy over the food at The Ramen Stall. So, we are pretty excited to find out that they will be open on CNY! Even better, they actually start at noon on weekends so you don't have to wait till 5pm to get your hands on that gorgeous torched beef sushi or that bowl of volcano ramen. 


The Ramen Stall

If you're not sure what to get from The Ramen Stall, check out our video review here and our blog post here for more details. And if you're making your way there in groups then, make sure to check out their Facebook page and grab their CNY promo packages!

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 5pm to 5am | Weekends - 12noon to 5am
Location: 787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755


6. Sarah's The Pancake Cafe at East Village Mall

Alternatively, if you're looking for a chill hang out and you want something more sweet, you can also head over to Sarah's the Pancake Cafe and give em' a little love. 

They've got a nice selection of sweet and savoury on their menu like their PBG pancake burger. Students also get special offers on weekdays and there is a lunch set promo for working adults - you can go on to their Facebook page for more details.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday - 11am to 10pm | Friday - 2.30pm to 11pm Saturday - 9am to 11pm | Sunday - 9am to 10.30pm
Location: East Village, 430 Upper Changi Road #01-62, Singapore 487048


7. Butter Studio at 147 Jalan Besar


All-day brunch menu @ Butter Studio

One of our all time favourite cafes, drop by Butter Studio for hearty burgers and the spectacular Speculoos pancake set. Butter Studio will be closed on the the first day of CNY but business will resume as per usual the day after. For our faves at Butter Studio, check out our food vlog here!

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday | 10.30am to 12midnight
Location: 147 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208865


8. Pondok Jawa Timur at 737 North Bridge Road

We've also got Indo cuisine on the menu for those of you who wanna go makan something a little more traditional. Pondok Jawa Timur has a range of rice sets and delish side dishes. If you're heading there, make sure to wrap up your meal with the Ice Teler! For other recommendations, look out for our review coming out on Wednesday. 


Spread at Pondok Jawa Timur
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | 11am to 10pm
Location: 737 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198705


9. Srisun Express at Hougang Street 21


Srisun Express

For more chill and variety, Srisun Express is also a great option. They don't only sell Indian food but they actually have a diverse menu of Asian cuisine. You can even get a kid's meal for your little ones and have fun trying out their wheel of fortune. For our review on them, click on this article.

Opening Hours: All Day, Everyday! | 24/7
Location: Blk 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-343, Singapore 530212


10. EPIKebabs at Century Square

To round it up, there's always EPIKebab for a quick grab and go. EPIKebab is all about juicy, epic meat. They have two outlets and fortunate for us, their Tampines outlet is open on CNY so if you need food for the kids, why not. The team over at the Halal Food Blog gave reviewed their wrap a couple of years back so if you want to know what they said, catch it here.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday | 11am to 8.30pm
Location: Century Square (Tampines), 2 Tampines Central #01-38D, Singapore 529509

Last but not least! Enjoy the long holidays, and don't go hungry! 


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